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The Chaperone Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    Levesque has rough, in-the-moment charm but paltry characterization skills, Corrigan's natural edge feels out of place as a Disney-esque hoodlum and Winter seems hamstrung playing an adolescent only a fraction as compelling as her hilariously bookish daughter on the ABC sitcom "Modern Family."

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Levesque, soon to be seen in an action movie, "Inside Out," that is probably more suited to his talents, is a reasonably engaging and likeable screen presence.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice Ella Taylor

    You get a bargain two high-concepts for the price of one in this amiably lame offering from Stephen Herek, who, once upon a time, cooked up an excellent Adventure for Bill and Ted, then veered off into inspirational goo with "Mr. Holland's Opus."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    A lightweight comedy aimed, presumably, at tweeners and fans of World Wrestling Entertainment.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Nothing here -- technologically, linguistically or visually -- would not be more at home decades ago, when director Stephen Herek helmed "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "The Mighty Ducks."

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OK for kids 12+

Wrestler's family comedy is forgettable but OK for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family comedy starring WWE wrestler Paul "Triple H" Levesque features a fair bit of violence (some of it comical) and insulting language, but it also has a worthwhile lesson about redemption. The violence includes guns and sticks being waved around, a couple of characters (including a young girl) being kidnapped and/or tied up, and shots being fired (but no actual body count). For a PG-13 movie, the language is on the mild side, but what's lacking in outright profanity is made up for in taunting comments like "losers," "stupid," "moron," and "idiot." Father-daughter relationships are explored, as is the nature of rehabilitation.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. Is Ray a positive role model? How does the movie portray him? Do you think his actions made him worthy of Sally's trust?
  • Ray claims he deserves to be in Sally's life because he's her father. Do you think a father-daughter relationship can change in just a couple of days? Is Ray a good dad?
  • How does Paul "Triple-H" Levesque compare to other famous wrestlers who've tried to make it on the big screen?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Most of the movie's messages center around the idea that people, even convicted criminals, are capable of redemption and rehabilitation. By following self-help advice and studying philosophy, Ray turns his life around and gets to know his daughter.

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    Role models: Ray is ultimately a positive role model because he chooses not to help his old criminal associates rob a bank and stays true to his decision to be a moral man and a better father who tells the truth. But he does fail to call the police and inadvertently puts his daughter's middle-school class in harm's way.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Ray punches a guy in the face. A couple of boys fight in the halls until Ray breaks them apart. A bank robbery at gunpoint ends with a car chase that results in the criminals crashing into a diaper truck. People are held at gun point, and two people are carjacked. Criminals wave guns at each other during a short stand-off. A girl is kidnapped and threatened. There's a pivotal fight between Ray and three criminals with punching and kicking and martial arts. Ray is tied up and punched repeatedly. Ray's ex-wife slaps him twice.

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    Sex: Minor flirting between two teenagers and two adults. Ray makes a suggestive reference to a prisoner about how he should sleep with his back "against the wall."

  • language false2

    Language: Some insults and rude language such as "stupid," "buttwipe," "shut-up," "losers," "crap," "hell," "take a leak," "dirty," "low-life," "son of a," "moron," "idiot," "damn," "stupid," and the like.

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    Consumerism: Product placements or overt references to the SmartCar, iPod, iPad, iPhone, Apple MacBook, Sheraton New Orleans, and Frank Sinatra.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults hold wine glasses in their hands (but viewers don't see them drinking it).